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bright line

a legal rule that makes it possible to say that a given argument or set of facts falls on one side or the other rather than leaving the decision to the facts and circumstances of the case.
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In arguing for a bright-line rule, this Note considers three factors.
186) By creating a bright-line rule, the majority built an additional safeguard for the defendant's Sixth Amendment rights into the facially incriminating test.
43) Although the trading in ADRs in Societe Generale was not on an exchange (it was over-the-counter), (44) it did take place in the United States, and therefore, the court's holding is in direct conflict with the bright-line rule of Morrison.
Our precommitment device takes the form of a bright-line rule that
42) So we should be very careful, particularly about turning confrontation into a bright-line rule where its boundaries traditionally have not been so clear.
Because the court didn't provide a bright-line rule, states have considerable latitude in deciding just what circumstances demand recusal under the Caperton framework.
The Treasury Department requested TEI's views about adopting a corollary bright-line rule for tangible assets.
Second, the court stated that a bright-line rule that specifies the particular evidence that will adequately show current dangerousness (i.
Rogers H illustrates and foreshadows difficulties the courts would encounter, after 1999, when trying to apply a bright-line rule in determining whether previously awarded retirement benefits should be considered in an action for modification of alimony.
Eterno also found that search situations involving a bright-line rule were more likely to be followed than situations without a bright-line rule.